LONDON, UK.--January 30, 2002--Compuware Corporation (Nasdaq: CPWR) today announced that British Airways has selected Compuware’s File-AID Express Enterprise to extract data from nearly 200 IMS databases for transformation and load into the carrier’s new SAP system.
British Airways chose to implement SAP because it wanted to integrate many of the various business processes within the British Airways Engineering division. However, extracting the crucial data from the company’s legacy systems proved to be a challenge. Andy Ritchie, Project Manager - Data Migration - at British Airways, explained: “The legacy systems have been developed over the last 10 - 20 years and rely on many interfaces to support the business processes.”
This meant that the extraction process was liable to be complex and would require many extract programs to be developed. As this would be very time consuming British Airways decided to evaluate a number of extract, transfer and load (ETL) solutions and chose Compuware’s File-AID Express Enterprise due to the product’s ability to allow project staff to write extraction and transformation programs once and then quickly modify them as required.
The integrity of the transferred data is also paramount to British Airways. All British airlines are subject to strict regulations from the Civil Aviation Authority governing the management of aircraft maintenance and safety records. Ensuring data integrity throughout the ETL process is always important, and the File-AID product set will assist project staff in meeting this objective.
Apart from File-AID’s technical superiority, Ritchie also praised Compuware’s approach to the project: “Compuware demonstrated a very good understanding of our mainframe and UNIX environments and it was clear they understood IMS structures and complex database set-ups. I was also impressed with Compuware’s overall responsiveness and eagerness to help us find a solution.”
“Using our experience in analyzing British Airways’ migration challenges, Compuware was able to quickly identify and address the data extraction issues within this highly complex project,” explained Ian Clarke, Compuware European Sales Director for File and Data Management Solutions. “The integrated project approach was to extract and validate legacy data, before performing cross-platform technical transformation into a pre-SAP Oracle database. Our capability in this area was a key factor in British Airways choosing to partner with Compuware.”
To help British Airways prepare for the ETL project, Compuware has deployed professional services technicians to assist and train the in-house project team. Compuware professionals will be involved in the implementation process and help drive the project through to completion.
British Airways Engineering is primarily based in Heathrow and Gatwick but also performs various levels of aircraft maintenance worldwide. The new SAP system will go live in late 2002 and is expected to service up to 8,500 users.
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